The Arctic National Wildlife… Refuse?

The Trump Administration seems to be having trouble comprehending the words “wildlife refuge”:

An internal Interior Department memo has proposed lifting restrictions on exploratory seismic studies in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a possible first step toward opening the pristine wilderness area to oil and gas drilling.
[…]
The Arctic refuge, which covers more than 30,000 square miles, has been closed off to commercial drilling for decades because of concerns about the impact on polar bears, caribou and other animals in the region. Opening it up has been a top priority for Republicans.
[…]
The memo does not provide a legal justification for allowing new exploration.

Of course.  Because since January 20, 2017, it’s anything goes.

Podcast You Will Like

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Sharon Greenleaf La Pierre and Esplendor, as shown on the BBC website,

If you’ve ever listened to the BBC’s Outlook program, you already know about the fascinating stories featured in the first-person.  But even if you are new to the program, I encourage you to listen to this absolutely riveting tale involving a woman and two horses.  It is a heart-wrenching and brutally honest examination of the human-animal bond.  I happened to catch it on the radio this morning and when I heard it come on again this afternoon, I meant to change the channel but ended up being just as taken by the story the second time.  I don’t think you will be disappointed if you invest the 10 minutes in the podcast.

Tattle Tale

09102017 jade

I will not share.  Tell on me all you want.  It won’t make any difference.

09102017 newt rooo

ROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!

 

Good Hurricane Tweets

Manatee Sheriff Department serving and protecting.

Hemingway house cats with thumbs survive Hurricane Irma.

Loose dogs in hurricane:  “We are scared out of our minds, running for our lives and can not listen to any human right now!”
Good guy:  “I have a pickup truck!”

Not wrong.

Climate Change: An Unnatural Disaster

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These parrots, as shown on the ABC News website, appear to be using this Miami high rise hotel window ledge as refuge from Hurricane Irma. I think they are red-headed conures (although I am no expert so please put in your two cents if you think they are another type of bird). Wikipedia has this to say:

The red-masked parakeet (Psittacara erythrogenys is a medium-sized parrot from Ecuador and Peru. It is popular as a pet and are known in aviculture as the cherry-headed conure or the red-headed conure. They are also considered the best talkers of all the conures.

I wish these two would tell someone what has happened since this photo was taken and if they are ok now.

Although red-headed conures are listed as near-threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, there are many other animals who live only in Florida’s wild areas and are at far greater risk. May they all endure.

Palm Beach County Animals in Danger

Some apparently terrible people have evacuated Palm Beach County ahead of Hurricane Irma and left their animals tied to trees and cars.  Local ACOs are rescuing as many as possible but also asking the public to take in any animals they see left outside.

And in an effort to reduce the shelter population in order to make space for more abandoned pets, they are waiving adoption fees as well as the normal foster and adoption application process.  I know some readers will hate that but I still believe that the overwhelming majority of those who foster and adopt shelter pets are kind-hearted people who will do right by the animals.  And we all know what far too many AC outfits do to reduce shelter population. (Rhymes with pill, hill and shill – actually I’m just going to give it away: it’s kill.)  This beats that with a stick.

Keeping Watch

Post anything animal related in the comments, anytime. New Open Threads are posted weakly/weekly.

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